1 May 2020

Le Journal

from the head of school

May Day!  

Dear AL Community,

As we enter May, we know that three of the top questions parents have are about summer school, the plan for picking up items left at school and dropping off items that must be returned, and info on our high school for the 8 th grade parents.
Following our meeting with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education representatives, we will not be able to offer on-site summer school until August. Therefore, we will offer online learning options prior to August and we know many of you are anxious for decisions as you plan your summer. Please bear with us as we work through the logistics based on your summer school responses on your intent to return forms, along with several other continually moving pieces. We will communicate the summer program with everyone once it is finalized. 
As for picking up your students' items from school, to ensure staff, student and family safety, along with physical distancing requirements, this process will take place throughout May. Each family will receive direct communication regarding arranging these pick ups and drop offs. 
Finally, there will be an 8th grade parent online session for A. L. International High School Wednesday, May 13th at 6pm. 8 th grade parents will receive an email with details and a link to sign up.
I continue to be inspired every day by the acts of kindness and heroism that take place in our community. We are in this together and we will get through this together.

Thank you very much for your patience and your support of our school.

Stay safe, stay healthy and have fun with the kids.

Elimane Mbengue
Head of School

from the Cherry Principal

Bonjour de Cherry

Un petit message de Cherry
Un petit message de Cherry

Madam Royce's Message May 1
Madam Royce's Message May 1

Heather Royce
Cherry Principal


In This Edition:


Upcoming Events

May 9
EIP 2020 Online, 
8 am - 9 pm

May 22 
Last Day of School for students online classes

May 11
Board meeting, 6:30 pm 
AL Facebook page

May 26-29
Teachers online PD days

May 13
ALIHS online information session for 8th grade parents only

Access the 2019-20 school calendars by clicking here


School ClosedClosed

Académie Lafayette is closed for the rest of the 19-20 school year with May 22nd the last day of online classes.  Teachers online PD days will be May 26-29 to review curriculum for next year.


Incoming MS 6th graders 3rd language

Dear Incoming Sixth Grade Families,

It is time for your student to choose their third language class for middle school.  Your student will take either Mandarin or Spanish three days a week for three years.  Please watch the video below and then complete the form below with your choice.  The deadline to complete this form is Friday, May 8th.  You are more likely to get your first choice language if you submit your form on time.  Please email Mme. Seely, Armour counselor, with any questions you may have.   Her email address is lseely@academielafayette.org.


ALIHS Online Information Session for 8th grade parents onlyALIHS

Dear 8th grade parents, 

We would like to provide a virtual information session about Académie Lafayette International High School to answer your questions on Wednesday, May 13th at 6 pm.
Please sign up for the session that was sent to your email so you can receive the access code to enter the online session the day of the presentation. 

To send in questions email Marilyn Hynes at mhynes@academielafayette.org.
If you have questions on how to view the online session email Robyn King at rking@academielafayette.org.

Thanks for your patience and flexibility during this time. 


EIP 2020 OnlineEIP

We're excited to invite each and every one of you to join us for EIP virtually this year on May 9, from the comfort of your home, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
You may wonder why we are moving forward at this time, particularly with the realization that we have families who have been negatively impacted financially from the effects of this pandemic, while knowing that for all of us, the future impact remains unknown.
That "unknown" is exactly why we need to move forward with EIP. Although EIP has always been a great party and opportunity for us to celebrate together, its primary purpose has been to raise funds to help the school and our students in a variety of ways. This need for funds is still very real and is needed now, perhaps more than ever before. 
To emphasize that need, we are pleased to announce that all donations to this year's Fund A Need at EIP will go toward the Académie Lafayette Families  GoFundMe which is an effort to help our school provide for our families in need. 


Mayor Lucas visits 8th grade online class Mayor

The AL 8th grade students had a great opportunity for a unique civics lesson with Mayor Lucas during their online session this week. Please view the lesson below. 

Mayor Lucas 8th grade Conversation
Mayor Lucas 8th grade Conversation


The ABC's of Online Classroom EtiquetteABC



Yearbook Pictures Neededyearbook

Do you have pictures of our students in groups at school or field trips before the quarantine? Please email them to communication@academielafayette.org so they can be included in this year's edition of the yearbook. 

Please include the grade and homeroom teacher of the students in your email. 

Online ordering is not yet open, we will let all families know when the system is ready. 


Teacher Appreciation Week with SMKCSTeachweek

This year, Show Me KC Schools wants to focus on celebrating all  teachers during teacher appreciation week (May 4-8). We know things may look a little different than they have in past years, so this is the perfect time to highlight teachers and parents who are making our students' education possible. Both parents and teachers are going above and beyond to make virtual education a reality across Kansas City. Help us share our appreciation for them by recognizing their hard work!

We want to invite you to highlight teachers with our #ShowMeKCTeachers campaign as well as ask your teachers to show appreciation for the parents who are stepping in and helping to educate students. We have a couple of different ways that you can engage in appreciation for your teachers as well as encouraging your staff to thank parents.

How schools can show appreciation to their staff and parents:

Nominate a teacher or parent who has gone above and beyond during the educational shift occurring from COVID-19. Tell us how and why they have made a difference to their students. We will highlight two honorees (one parent and one teacher) as the "2020 Teacher Appreciation Week Honorees" and feature them in SMKCS communications! They will also receive a #ShowMeKCTeachers care package!
  • Read and share "Teacher Appreciation: Quarantine 2020 Edition" with staff and school families.
  • Engage with SMKCS during our week of teacher appreciation on social media!
    • Monday, May 4 - Meme Monday Share MEMEs on social media that honor and thank your teachers and parents using #ShowMeKCTeachers
    • Tuesday, May 5 - Tag-a-Teacher/Parent to appreciate and you'll be automatically entered into a raffle to receive a SMKCS T-Shirt using #ShowMeKCTeachers
    • Wednesday, May 6 - Show your (Home) School pride by showing off a photo of your "home" classroom/office or school paraphernalia. 
    • Thursday, May 7 - #TBT Tag a teacher from your K-12 educational journey and share a story of their impact. 
    • Friday, May 8 - Be on the lookout! Our 2020 Teacher Appreciation Week Honorees will be announced on SMKCS social media


20-21 Intent to Return 
& Summer Enrollmentsummerenroll

Parents were sent the "Intent to Return" form this week. Please log-in to SchoolMint right away to complete these forms so you will receive your re-enrollment information in a timely manner.

In-person summer school will not be permitted until August at the earliest. This is based on mandates that school buildings remain closed going into summer. Online learning options will be provided prior to August. Please bear with us as we work through the logistics based on your summer school responses on your intent to return forms. We will communicate the summer program with everyone once it is finalized.

The details and dates will be sent to you as soon as they are established.


Grading Practices during Covid-19grades

We want to communicate clearly our grading policy for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. We have monitored what other schools/districts are doing and listened to feedback from staff and parents.

Our goal with grades during this time is to keep parents informed of their child's progress and to keep students motivated to work till the end, while not penalizing families who are struggling at this time.

To that end, we will adopt a "hold harmless" approach. Grades will be set where they were at the end of Trimester 2, so students can maintain that grade or improve their grade/ level of proficiency if they demonstrate progress. We expect students to be consistently engaged in learning, and teachers will continue to assess student work and communicate with parents. If you have questions about grades, please contact your child's teacher directly. 
You can check your child's grade on eSchoolCore (click here to access it). If you need your login information, please email M. Addoh, eaddoh@academielafayette.org

Thank you for your partnership during this challenging time. 


From the PTO PTO

Trash bags! Running low, don't miss out!  Are you cleaning up your basement or doing yard work? There are limited trash bags (down to 10 white kitchen bags, 10 yellow bags) and still quite a few leaf sacks. $11/roll and $11 for 15 leaf sacks. First come, first serve. Email Becky,  Smith.RebeccaBogen@gmail.com,  to arrange payment via Venmo or PayPal and arrange for no-contact pick up near Oak campus. 

Get Local... really local! In our Académie Lafayette community there are several food and beverage options doing pick up and carry out. These businesses have sustained many of us and our school over the years. Please use https://www.curbsidekc.com/ to confirm days/hours and how-to order.

Burger State
Bier Station
Andre's Chocolates & Confiserie Suisse
Underdog Wine Co.
Waldo Thai
Komatsu Ramen KC
Unbakery and Juicery
Happy Apple Cafe
Pot Pie
Splitlog Coffee!
Anousone at Strang Hall
The Granfalloon
Brookside Poultry Company
Stockyards Brewing Company
You Say Tomato
Le Fou Frog
Extra Virgin
Blip Roasters Coffee
Stockyard Brewing
The Flying Horse
Milwaukee Deli
Il Lazzerone Neapolitan


K-5 Survey Insights K-5

Thank you to all of the parents who took our survey to provide us feedback on your experience with the first weeks of online school. We had more than 50% of parents respond and a variety of changes, including a revamp of the 5th-grade program have already been implemented as a result of your input. A summary of your responses are as follows:
  • 86.5% of respondents ranked the first few weeks of school at a rating of 3 or higher on a scale of 1-5 (1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest). 
  • When asked about issues encountered, most issues encountered were related to technology and hotspots. We have provided 287 Chromebooks and 47 hotspots and provided technical support assistance to address these issues. The second most common issue was with communication in the first two weeks. The issues have been reducing as parents adjust the number of notifications received and as teachers adjust the number of notifications sent.
  • 92% of respondents rated their comfort in using Google classroom at a rating of 3 or higher on a scale of 1-5.
  • 89% of respondents indicated the schedule allows them to follow live sessions and complete the schoolwork.
  • 57% of respondents are satisfied that the students are being given the right amount of work, 30% feel there is too much work given, while 13% feel there is not enough.
We will still modify and improve as we go along and continue to encourage feedback on how we can continue to provide the best educational experience for our students and families.


Supporting the AL Intern ProgramIntern

Dear AL Families,

I would like to invite you to sign a letter to Secretary Pompeo in support of our intern program. J-1 visas are under scrutiny in Washington, and we urgently need your help. Our interns provide crucial support to our youngest students and their teachers. I'm sure you agree it is in the best interest of our children and our school as a whole for this program to continue.

Click here to complete a form with the letter already typed. All you have to do is add your name, address and email, and click send. 

Thank you for your time, and I hope you are well.

Diane  Balagna


Host a French Intern for the 20-21 School Year

Would your family consider hosting  an intern for the upcoming school year?

Académie Lafayette, French Immersion Charter School, is pleased to announce that we will again be welcoming interns for the 2020-21 school year. However, we still need host families. This year AL will save approximately $260,000 by using the intern program. If you are able to welcome an intern into your home, it's almost like you're donating $20,000! 
Interns are university students from French speaking countries who spend a year working in the classrooms of our youngest students. Host families open their homes and welcome an intern for a semester or for a year. They provide a private 
bedroom and meals when you are together as a family. The school provides a generous monthly stipend to the intern and a monthly city bus pass. 

Hosting an intern is a great way for your children to speak French at home, to discover more about francophone culture, and to have someone to visit when your family goes to France in the future! 
If you would like more information about hosting, please contact Diane Balagna, intern coordinator at Académie Lafayette, at 816-888 7400 or  dbalagna@academielafayette.org.


Food Service: Time ChangeFood

  • Free sack lunches and additional groceries and supplies will be provided to families as they become available for pick up at the Armour Campus, 201 E. Armour Blvd, KCMO 64111, at the east door on McGee Street, from 11:00 - 1:00 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Families are also welcome to deliver grocery, toiletry and cleaning supplies for donation at that time. 
  • Meals for families will be available. The meals will feed 12 people. They will be available first come, first served.


Teaching and LearningTeaching


Technology and EquipmentTech

  • If you need a Chromebook and/or hotspot, please contact M. Goudiaby, rgoudiaby@academielafayette.org
  • Click here for internet options for families.
    As an immediate solution to connectivity, a consortium of community partners (Connecting for Good, KC Library, and KCPS) are organizing Connectivity BusesBuses that serve as wifi towers will be positioned in the parking lot of the Southeast Library Branch and the Bluford Library branch starting Wednesday of next week. All Kansas City Public Library locations will also have free wifi access in all of their parking lots. 
  • Technical issues: 



  • To help answer your questions, we have created our Covid-19 webpage, which will be updated as we have more information to share.  If, at any time, you have a question, concern or information to share, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teachers, counselors, principals or Mr. Mbengue.
  • We will continue to communicate with families and students through emails, all-calls, website and social media updates. We are also exploring the possibility of text messages with families.


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